On September 15, 1835 the British navel ship H.M.S. Beagle landed at Galapagos Island carrying a young scientist who would go on to change the way the world looked at the development of life on Earth.
Charles Darwin traveled with the H.M.S. Beagle for nearly five years. It was his time aboard the ship and the sights that he saw, most notably Galapagos Island that helped him formulate his greatest work, the publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859.
We salute Darwin’s Galapagos journey by looking at the island from above.
This image of the Galapagos Islands was acquired by the MODIS on the Aqua satellite on March 2, 2009. (via spaceref.com)
Seahorse-shaped Isabella and more rounded Fernandina are volcanic islands generated by a mantle hotspot offshore from Ecuador. (via gosouthamerica.about.com)
Galapagos’s largest island is Isabela (visible). The five volcanoes seen on the island are (from north to south): Wolf Volcano, Darwin Volcano, Alcedo Volcano, Sierra Negra Volcano and Cerro Azul Volcano. The bigger island to the right of Isabela is Santiago Island. (via esa.int)
Image taken by NASA's Terra satellite at 16:40 UTC May 16, 2003
Charles Darwin’s five-year voyage on H.M.S. Beagle has become legendary, as insights gained by the bright young scientist on his trip to exotic places greatly influenced his masterwork, the book On the Origin of Species. Darwin didn’t actually formulate his theory of evolution while sailing around the world aboard the Royal Navy ship. But the exotic plants and animals he encountered challenged his thinking and led him to consider scientific evidence in new ways. (via about.com)
Charles Darwin (February 12, 1809 – April 19, 1882) was an English naturalist who realised and presented compelling evidence that all species of life have evolved over time from common ancestors, through the process he called natural selection. The fact that evolution occurs became accepted by the scientific community and much of the general public in his lifetime. (via wikipedia.org)